Diabetes and Skin Problems
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Diabetes comes with many complications including skin problems. Check out this video to learn more about diabetes and skin problems.
Transcript: Diabetes comes with a HOST of possible complications-including skin problems. They develop because elevated...
Diabetes comes with a HOST of possible complications-including skin problems. They develop because elevated glucose levels increase fluid loss and damage blood vessels. Then, excessively dry skin can crack-giving bacteria or fungus an easy entry-way into your body. Additionally, a lack of blood flow can lead to slow healing cuts, scratches and blisters. That increases the risk of infection and even amputation. Poor glucose control also causes diabetic dermopathy-a condition characterized by brown, scaly patches on the skin. These circular patches most often show up on the legs and are the result of diabetes-related changes in small blood vessels. Sometimes, diabetics can develop a skin condition called digital sclerosis, which makes skin tight and waxy, and joints stiff. Rarely, diabetics develop diabetic blisters on their hands, feet and other parts of the body. Regulating blood sugar levels is necessary to avoid many of these diabetes-related skin problems . It's also important to keep skin clean and moderately moisturized. Be sure to take care of slow healing or infected wounds ASAP. To learn more about diabetes and skin problems, watch the other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2016-08-23 | Tags »
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